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Just as the Books Online description states.

(Books Online description: “Internal wait by a thread waiting for an async work task to complete. This is an expected wait and is for CSS use.”)

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Added in SQL Server version:


Removed in SQL Server version:


Extended Events wait_type value:

Maps to the HADR_WORKITEM_COMPLETED map_value in sys.dm_xe_map_values (thanks to Jonathan’s post here).

The map_key value in sys.dm_xe_map_values is 763 in 2012 and 781 in 2014 RTM. After 2014 RTM, you must check the DMV to get the latest value as some map_key values have changed in later builds.

Other information:

Any time an asynchronous operation in an availability group is being waited for, this wait will occur. Examples of such operations are adding a database to an AG or dropping a database from an AG.

If this wait occurs for a long period of time, it is indicative of the operation stalling for some reason. I’ve heard of situations where removing a database from an AG hangs forever, with this wait type accumulating time on one thread. In such cases, a server reboot is required, and I would think that’s a SQL Server bug.

Known occurrences in SQL Server (list number matches call stack list):

  1. TBD

Abbreviated call stacks (list number matches known occurrences list):

  1. TBD